HYBRID ARTS' ADAP COMPUTER SAMPLING SYSTEM, by Gerardo Greco,
Just when professional sampling keyboards with 12-bit resolution had managed to lower their price under the 3000 Dollars tag, a pro sampling system with 16-bit linear resolution showing the same price should be a big step forward. Hybrid Arts ADAP (Analog/Digital, Audio Processor) is a hardware/ software system for the ATARI ST that provides 16-bit stereo (in/out) sampling for music, video and broadcast professionals; physically it's a
rack (1U) with only a power on/off switch and, on the back panel, four jacks for stereo in/out and a cable for connection via a cartridge to the ST. Its main point is that it is software driven, so the following specs are upgradeable with time.
It allows samplig rates of 44KHz, 22KHz, 11KHz and 48KHz in mono and stereo, between 80 seconds of lenght at 11KHz in mono and 10 seconds at 44KHz in stereo with a 1040 ST; it's fully MIDI compatible (uses ST own MIDI sockets) down to the latest MIDI specs like the new MIDI Digital Sample Dump Data Standard that allows the exchange of samples with other samplers despite of their different resolution (from 8 to 32-bit); it's polyphonic with variable number of voices, i.e. at 44KHz a 1040 ST based ADAP can play back with six voices polyphony while at 22KHz the voices double to twelve.
The ADAP can store up to 64 multi samples, sharing the total amount of time available in the chosen mode, that can be instantly played back via several MIDI controllers and keyboard splits at once; it has built in stereo digital effects that can affect the single sample, all software based and with spare empty "spaces" for new effects/ algorithms to be added in future (delay, echo, reverb, envelope following, etc.); with the digital oscilloscope included in software you can display the audio input on screen, but with 8-bit resolution only; being connected to an ST means, of course, that editing of samples (Cut, Copy, Paste, Mix, sophisticated Auto loop finder, Graph drawing of waves) is done at a high degree of graphic on-screen implementation.
Compatibility with Digidesign's Sound Designer (an incredible software for editing samples a' la Fairlight for Emulator II and Prophet 2000 sampling keyboards that runs on Mac only) files is also available for swapping files between the two systems.
An announced new hard disk buffer/interface will eventually allow samples lenghts to be measured in minutes rather than seconds.
Its suggested retail price is $ 1995 in the USA, which includes all hardware and software except the ATARI ST computer.
Hybrid Arts, Inc., 11920 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA.
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